“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me (Psalm 50:14,15).”
Money makes the world go round, at least that’s what the performers in the movie “Cabaret” sang. The story is set in Depression-era Germany, and the song is illustrative of the focus at that time.
Songs and slogans reflect the culture. Bill Clinton ran on the phrase, “It’s the economy stupid” in the early 1990s and resoundingly beat George Bush, the sitting president.
In addition to songs and slogans, the top news stories of the day also show what is important to people. After all, the media has to sell their product, and people won’t buy if what is published doesn’t address what is on our minds. Today’s headlines? “New Push for Global Currency”; “US May Face Armageddon If China, Japan Don’t Buy Debt.” Our generation’s own economic crisis that hit in 2008 is still going on and of great concern.
Sorry folks, but despite the troubling economic crunch, discouraging unemployment and the like there is something more important than money: our spiritual condition. A fellow named Simon living in ancient Samaria learned this from the apostle Peter.
A spiritual revival took place in Samaria and Simon, formerly a sorcerer, came to faith in Christ. When the Peter came on the scene and began laying on hands, people were given the Holy Spirit.
Simon thought this was a great trick. He wanted a piece of the action, so he offered Peter money for the secret to the magic. Peter as a nice Christian gently rebuked Simon. NOT! He told him, ” May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money (Acts 8:20)!”
A relationship with Christ can do a lot of things for us, but it’s not meant to enrich us so we can accomplish our selfish ambitions. God’s plans for us is to trust Him with the finances we need to carry out His will.
Groucho Marx said, “Lack of money is the root of all evil.” My take: “Following Christ is the basis of all joy.” Money is just a means to that end. First, determine where Jesus is going; then ask for the means to follow Him there.